I’ve been hard at work on this piece of fiction writing for my classroom demonstrations during Writing Workshop. Hence, other than the writing I’ve been doing online (which is quite … Continue Reading Why all the photos? Where’s WNW?
This week has been filled with wonderful blog-related things. First, we became b-listers. Next, one of my favorite authors, Jacqueline Woodson, happened upon our blog and posted a comment. And … Continue Reading WN Entry: In less than six months…
Inspired by Davis and Hill‘s Book The No-Nonsense Guide to Teaching Writing: Strategies, Structures, and Solutions, which is published by Heinemann, I began giving my students weekend writing assessments last … Continue Reading Self-Assessing Their Notebooks
I’m a big proponent of Responsive Classroom, which places as much value on the social curriculum as the academic curriculum. (I attending a Responsive Classroom Institute during the Summer of … Continue Reading News & Announcements Charts
Lester L. Laminack wrote a book about it. I had 14 of them my junior year alone. The Governor went on TV last night asking all schools north of Kent … Continue Reading WN Entry: Snow Day
Kelly at Big A little a has some wonderful blogging about the topic of “writerly matters.” Do check it out if you want to do some more thinking about the … Continue Reading Writerly Matters
My colleague, Lori Dixon, directed me to this February 2008 Vanity Fairarticle, “Keys to the Kingdom” by Jim Windolf. It is a long article, but this quote especially highlights the … Continue Reading keeping interest.
My husband (that feels cool to write) took this photo of me on our honeymoon. He captured me writing an entry, on the beach, in my writer’s notebook. I think … Continue Reading Practice What You Preach
This is going to be my last post for 2007. Tomorrow starts a new year, brimming with possibilities and promise. 2007 has been an amazing year for me professionally and … Continue Reading Last Post of the Year
Some kids have a really easy time writing about their families, but I’ve also seen many kids struggle with the idea of writing about their family. Hence, as I was … Continue Reading Family Trees Provide Us With A Way To Write About Our Family
I receive the “TeachersCount” Newsletter each month. I just learned about their blog, which is looking for newer teachers to write one post/week. Since this is a blog about writing … Continue Reading TeachersCount
On November 14th I received funding, through DonorsChoose, for the “Writing Gift Center” I blogged about in October. I was delighted that someone who didn’t know me or my students … Continue Reading Gifts from the Heart
I noticed that Ruth posted her raw thinking earlier today. Let’s just say that there’s a lot of meta-cognition happening for both of us now that the NCTE Conference is … Continue Reading Our thinking is evolving
Or is it blogger’s block? I don’t know what to post . . . and this is quite uncharacteristic for me, which means it is also quite frustrating. Since the … Continue Reading writer’s block.
I was perusing Educating Alice this morning and came across a post about two people who’ve changed her life. I thought that could be an interesting charge, and a lovely … Continue Reading A Charge for WNW: Who Has Changed Your Life?
Inspired by Donovan’s Word Jar and motivated by my school’s vocabulary initiative, my students created word boxes yesterday with foam letters yesterday afternoon. These boxes are meant to be kept … Continue Reading Word Boxes
One of my students e-mailed me a few hours ago asking me if I read a piece of her writing that she gave to me (to read) on Thursday. I … Continue Reading Reacting to the World
I just sent ten of my former students, who’ve expressed an interest in doing independent writing projects going-forward, an iomoi invitation to consider joining me to work on a manuscript … Continue Reading Putting it out there
I started a BLOGGER CHALLENGE over at DonorsChoose.org yesterday in order to get some funding for writing into other teachers’ classrooms. Would you believe that someone already donated $100 towards … Continue Reading DonorsChoose Challenge
I’ve started a BLOGGER CHALLENGE over at DonorsChoose.org in order to get some funding for writing into other teachers’ classrooms. As you know, our motto is “Write: It’s Good For … Continue Reading Blogger Challenge